Mallard’s Brigette Lacquette scored the game-tying goal, while Ste. Anne’s Jocelyne Larocque assisted on the overtime winner Monday, as Team Canada came from behind to beat the United States for the first time in game three of the Canada/USA Women’s Rivalry Series.
Playing in Victoria, BC. for the third of five North American site battles in the five-game Rivalry Series, the Canadians put together their best game yet, outshooting the Americans 23-22, and walking away with a 3-2 victory, cutting Team USA’s 2-0 series lead in half.
Once again, Canada relied on its Manitobans to provide some offence, as veteran blueliners Lacquette and Larocque got in on the action late in the game, picking up their first points of the series.
Lacquette tied the game up at twos with just 6:48 left in the third period on a power play wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat netminder Nicole Hensley. Then in overtime, Lorocque’s breakout pass to Blayre Turnbull set up a two-on-one, in which Victoria Bach potted the game-winner with just 1:36 left to play in three-on-three overtime.
Brianne Jenner opened the scoring for Canada on a shorthanded rush, before Hilary Knight and Savannah Harmon brought the Americans back in front with back-to-back second and third period tallies. Following Harmon’s goal 4:53 into the third period, Canadian goaltender Ann-Renee Desbiens shut the door on all other USA shots, turning aside 20 of 22 pucks she faced in the win.
After seeing the United States jump out to a 2-0 series lead in mid-December with victories in Hartford (4-1 on December 14) and Moncton (2-1 on December 17), the Canadians have cut the lead to 2-1 and have an opportunity to tie the five-game Rivalry Series at twos on Wednesday evening in Vancouver, before playing the fifth game on Saturday in Anaheim. Both upcoming contests will be streamed on TSN and NHL Network, with puck drops occurring at 9:00 PM central.